- having no keel, as a ship.
Origin of keelless
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Their performances will be found under the description of the first keelless eight.
We well recollect the sensation produced by the first keelless eight, that of Chester, in 1856.
Before we got there, though, there was an upheaval in the water just ahead, and up came a back like a keelless ship bottom up.The Cruise of the Cachalot
Frank T. Bullen
Just a similar sort of prejudice was displayed against the earlier style of rowing in keelless boats.
Two very usual club rules are, that juniors shall not begin by racing in keelless crank boats, but in steady ‘tub’-built craft.